This AC360 RidicuLIST segment about … Anderson Cooper’s basil candle is the best thing that has happened on CNN in a while.

Fun Times with the First Amendment

Baggy, sagging pants might not be protected by the constitution, while Klans robes and Nazi uniforms are. That’s at least what white, at least middle-class, not-young Danny Cevallos thinks in a piece for CNN. 

I get the “sagging pants don’t have a clear message” argument (however, I hope people wearing their pants low in actual solidarity with prison inmates can continue wearing them low then) but my main question is: Why does (can) the State govern regular clothes at all? How can this be, ACLU? Besides the fact that kids in the neighborhood usually don’t have the legal funds racist groups or conservatives have.

What does it tell the parents of the next girl who dumps vodka into slushed ice and heads out to a high school party? There were many last weekend and there will be many this weekend, and no amount of warning them will entirely change that. If you didn’t drink to get drunk in high school, you had friends who did, and so did we all. That’s not an offense deserving of rape. That’s not behavior that causes rape. If this girl got staggering, vomiting drunk with a different group of people — say, with the boy I hope my son grows up to be — she would have found herself delivered to her parents’ door with a blanket over the vomit-stained shirt. “Mr. Doe, I’m sorry to wake you, but your daughter had quite a bit to drink and passed out at the party, and the folks she came with were not taking care of her, so we brought her home. We couldn’t find her phone …” Isn’t that what we expect of our young men? The reason that, instead of a ride home, she got sexually assaulted, filmed and mocked was because the people around her failed a basic test of moral fiber. The bystanders failed to intervene, and the peripheral participants failed to walk away, and Mays and Richmond failed even the baseline legal tests. They sexually penetrated a girl who was so inebriated that she didn’t understand or participate in what they were doing to her.

What you told that next girl and her parents is that even if what happened to their daughter is a crime, even if it is prosecuted and proved, you’re still on the side of the rapists.

Exit Polled Want to Exit Healthcare.

 I just don’t get why so many people want to abolish the Affordable Healthcare Act – Obamacare – according to exit polls just reported on CNN. I’ve tried, but I just don’t understand it. I think the reform of healthcare – especially getting rid of problems like the preexisting conditions opt-out for insurances – is one of the best and most important, literally lifesaving pieces of legislature introduced in the last, I don’t know, 40 years. And I think that it is a issue that should be approved on a bi-partisan level; it’s good for everybody and make perfect (economic, moral, social..) sense. It’s not socialism, the basic structure is still market-driven.

The possible repeal  one of the aspects that make this election so personal for me, even though I’m not American. I do plan to live/work in the States again at some point in the near future, and my mental health issues might be a preexisting condition and something I need (expensive) care for, even when I’m feeling good/have it under control.